Would you be prepared to sleep in a pod like this to save money?
Would you be comfortable sleeping in a pod like this?
Tourism operator Jucy is banking on the fact that lots of visitors to New Zealand would rather spend their money on bungy jumping and white water rafting than expensive accommodation.
Jucy will launch New Zealand’s first "micro accommodation" concept on November 1,
Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, is the home of the pod-style hostel, which features 271 pods just minutes from the international airport.
The accommodation is low cost and designed for short stays, including layovers before and after international flights.
The self-contained accommodation capsules or pods feature beds with linen supplied, storage lockers, power supply and wi-fi connectivity.
Jucy Snooze also allows customers to self-check-in and -out - either by smartphone or a specially designed kiosk avoiding queues.
Jucy CEO Tim Alpe says there has already been strong interest in the accommodation with 600 international bookings secured a month before its launch.
“We set about challenging the traditional service model of hostels, completely redesigning it to remove the barriers guests commonly encounter. In one example, our research found that hotels were inadvertently causing bottlenecks for their reception staff by forcing guests to leave at the same time.
“Any time when customers need to queue to pay their bill creates the potential for customer satisfaction to be diminished. We wanted the first and last impression our guests have to be one of efficiency and convenience,” he says.
While the Jucy Snooze target market is primarily backpackers, room layouts have also been designed to cater to low-cost travellers, families and baby boomers.
Visitors will be able to socialise and share communal spaces such as the general use lounges, with hot desks provided for casual web browsing.